SCT Group tells us a brand new 9,000 square metre facility being built southeast of Perth is a sign of commitment to Western Australia.

The brand-new refrigeration facility will boast the latest temperature control technology supporting freezer, chiller, and ambient facilities and SCT says it will help support products coming into the State, and drive opportunities for WA companies to send a broader product range to the eastern seaboard.

Located at Forrestfield, it will facilitate 50,000 additional pallets of freight to and from WA, utilizing the lowest-emission freight option for the journey.

Geoff Smith, SCT’s managing director, said the construction of the new facility is great for the business and the state.

“This Investment is part of our growth strategy and commitment to assist the WA market with supply chain resilience to compensate for the deteriorating rail network and more extreme weather events.

“We are conscious of the impacts of recent rail network outages on the WA public, particularly regarding supermarket and grocery items.

“We continue to seek a dialogue with the WA Government on the steps that can be taken to address these issues, which will require a larger commitment to the WA freight and logistics sector by both the private sector and government stakeholders.”

Matthew Carruthers, SCT’s WA State Manager, said the investment at Forrestfield is a small but significant step to managing these disruptions.

“SCT is taking a proactive approach on behalf of its WA customer base to address recent weather disruptions across the rail network that have cut off supply lines between east and west, and emptied supermarket shelves.

“It’s a devastating occurrence for our customers, our company, and our employees who live and breathe these challenges on a daily basis.”